By now you might have seen the new Voodoo bikes, including the new and improved Bizango 29er (a mountain bike with 29 inch wheels). But the last Bizango was a multiple award winner, and a firm favourite among Voodoo fans! So what’s changed? We took a closer look at the two bikes side-by-side to find out.
One of the big changes to the new Voodoo is the weight – the new Bizango is around 1kg lighter than before! But that’s not all…
You’ve been framed
The first thing you’ll notice about the two bikes is the frame. The new Bizango has a much more intricately shaped frame (in a much more eye-catching colour!). That’s because the new Bizango is made of 6061 aluminium, instead of the 7005 of the original bike.
What does this mean for you? Well, 6061 is much easier to work with when the bike is being built, so the frame can be made to the newer shape you see. The tubes are also more butted than before. This means that the metal is thick where it needs to be, but gets thinner where it isn’t needed, cutting down the weight.
The sliding dropouts from the previous Bizango are still there. That means you can move the position of the rear wheel backwards and forwards, so you can get the right chain tension if you convert to single speed. The top tube has been lowered to give you more room to stand over the bike.
Point and shoot
The same great trail-taming ride of the Bizango is still there, but the cockpit has been modernised, with a shorter stem and wide bars. This gives you loads of control on the trail and makes the bike better at going downhill!
Getting into gear
Another big change on the new Bizango is the drivetrain. The 3×9 27-speed gearing from the last Bizango has been replaced by a more modern 2×10 20-speed setup. This cuts down on weight, improves reliability – all while giving just as wide a range of gears as before!
At the rear is the new Shimano Deore rear mech, which now includes a clutch. This cuts down on chain slap (and noise) on bumpy trails, and helps keep the chain from coming off when the going gets rough! The front mech has also been upgraded to a matching Deore instead of the previous Altus, for lighter weight and slicker shifts.
Soaking up the bumps
The new Bizango still has a Suntour Raidon fork, with adjustable air suspension and a lockout (so you can make the fork rigid for climbing or smooth riding). Suntour have been busy making improvements since the previous Bizango, though! The Raidon is now lighter, with coated stanchions (the top section of the fork legs) to keep the fork looking better over time. The lockout lever has also been improved.
What goes around…
The wheels have been updated for the new Bizango, too! Higher quality rims and hubs make for a lighter and stronger wheelset. Cutting down weight at the wheels helps the bike to accelerate faster, and we’ve found it really helps the bike feel more nimble out on the trail.
With a few years’ worth of riding experience now gone by on the original Bizango, the designers had plenty of feedback to work with! We think it’s a great ride, and the little tweaks have made a big difference without changing the bike’s personality. Head over to our site to see the new range and start work on becoming king of the trail.